How to fight the indoor summer heat?
Do you suffer from annual summer heat waves that make your home uninhabitable? There are many different ways of fighting the indoor summer heat and maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures all day long, even if you have been seeing forty on the thermometer outside for several days.
The simplest solution: Interior shading
Particularly in modern interiors, where there are large French windows and skylights, temperatures can rise rapidly due to direct sunlight. Individual rooms often turn into a greenhouse.
Interior window shading is probably the most affordable option. There are three reliable solutions – blackout curtains, Venetian blind and roller blinds. All three options prevent sunrays from penetrating further through the windows into the interior, and therefore help to keep the raised temperature close to the windows.
However, this protection is not 100%. None of the above-mentioned options prevent sunrays from penetrating the window panes. The temperature in the room will still rise, albeit at a slower pace.
The most effective solution: Exterior shading
The solution with the best price/performance ratio is probably outdoor window shading. You’ll have to prepare for construction interventions in the property amounting to several tens of thousands of crowns. But the reward will be real relief.
Outdoor shading ensures that sunrays don’t penetrate through the windows at all. For this reason, there is no greenhouse effect and the house stays pleasantly cool.
There are two options to choose from:
- Outdoor roller blinds
- Outdoor venetian blinds
Both options have slightly different features and it depends on your preference which technology you use. But you won’t regret the investment with either option.
Buildings without insulation can also have a problem
Property insulation doesn’t just have an effect in winter. Just as it helps to heat more efficiently during the colder months, insulation can also keep the room cooler in the summer.
In addition to the facade insulation, window seals and other small items will also help prevent hot summer air from penetrating your rooms.
Can you ventilate properly?
However, proper ventilation is also related to the exchange of air between the interior and exterior. If you don’t live in a new building with a recuperation unit that handles everything for you, you’ll need to learn when the windows should be open and when they should be closed.
Many people leave their windows wide open during the indoor summer heat. However, if it is 35 degrees outside, opening the windows will only make the inside of your home the same as the outside temperature. To keep your home cool, the windows must be closed during the day.
Ventilate overnight, when even on the hottest days temperatures drop to the twenties. This is an ideal time to exchange air and therefore, among other things, cool your interior down. Combined with other tips from the article, if you close the windows again in the morning, you’ll maintain a comfortable temperature in your home throughout the day.